In light of Sydney’s current lockdown, this event series has been postponed. We’ll update this article once new dates have been announced, and when we can host these for you safely.
If you consider yourself an entrepreneurial free spirit, we have just the event for you. Over three packed nights, Pedestrian Group will be hosting panels of industry leaders ready to support hustlers looking to make their mark.
In partnership with Wild Turkey Longbranch, The Branches will also serve as a kind of networking event at Sydney’s Sake Restaurant and Bar, inviting attendees to wonder what can happen when conventional ways of thinking are challenged. The same kind of creativity and collaboration that Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell and Creative Director Matthew McConaughey used to create Longbranch Bourbon.
It’s perfect for those interested in connecting with like-minded individuals or those who are just keen on sipping a cocktail or two while listening to insights from some of the country’s foremost creative business leaders.
There will also be a Q&A session hosted by the editor of Business Insider Australia, James Hennessy. Following this, guests will be treated to a Wild Turkey Longbranch tasting session including canapés and three different and unique cocktails.
Each night will cover a different topic of discussion and feature panellists best placed to speak to them. You can get the details of each night below.
Creativity and Collaboration – TBC
Being creative is one thing, but getting a great idea over the line is a whole other ball game. This talk will explore everything from creative ideation to the process of getting investors involved.
Joining the panel will be Bryce Leske and Alec Renehan, the co-founders of Equity Mates, Australia’s largest finance and investing podcast network, along with Harry Hunter and Erin Moy, the co-founders of creative production firm Entropico.
Bryce and Alec founded Equity Mates Media in 2017 to educate and engage young Australians on both finance and investing, hosting a huge variety of guests from former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to international cricket star Usman Khawaja.
Harry Hunter is a director, visual and audio creative and co-founder of Entropico, one of Australia’s leading creative production companies. He’s directed work for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Netflix, Spotify, Red Bull, Telstra, Samsung, Penfolds, Google, YouTube, Jack Daniels and more.
He’ll be joined by co-founder Erin Moy, an ex-journalist and editor who’s worked across ELLE, Broadsheet, Groove and Time Out in Sydney and London.
The Future of Business – TBC
A look into the next steps Australian businesses face in terms of markets, technology, startups and more, told by Who Gives A Crap founder Simon Griffiths and Elisa Choy, economist and data strategist at Maven Data, the world’s first AI-powered strategic market research company.
Launched in 2012, Who Gives A Crap is a profit-for-purpose toilet paper company that donates half of its profits to help the developing world build toilets. Showing a wild level of passion for the project, Simon agreed to sit on a toilet on a live web feed until the first $50,000 worth of toilet rolls were sold.
Maven Data‘s Elisa Choy is a powerhouse of prediction, using data to gain insights into just about everything, from who Australia might favour in the next election to when our borders will reopen and more. She’ll share these predictions during her talk, along with how Maven is taking market research into the 21st century with big data and AI.
Scalability and Growing Pains – TBC
The final session will cover all things expansion and the challenges that can come along with it. Unyoked co-founders Chris and Cam Grant will be joined by Startmate Head of Accelerator, Sascha Kerbert and Head of Fellowship, Sophia Witherington.
Unyoked is an Australian travel startup launched in 2017 by the Grant twins to change the way we see the outdoors. Whether it’s collaboratively designing cabins with Wild Turkey and megastar Matthew McConaughey called The Reserve or releasing an EP of nature-inspired beats with Aussie musicians, the Grants want to do everything to help you see and use nature the same way you do the gym.
Startmate is a rapidly-growing startup accelerator that operates across Australia and New Zealand. Before joining as the Head of Accelerator and masterminding Startmate’s Founder’s Fellowship program, Sascha Kerbert worked at the VC-backed fintech company Spaceship. He’ll be joined by the Fellowship Program lead, Sophia Witherington, an absolute powerhouse who quadrupled the size of the Women Fellowship within months of joining the team in early-2020.
If you’re interested in coming along to The Branches, you can sign up below. Get in quick, there are limited places available for each night. Spots aren’t guaranteed and will be allocated at our discretion based on venue capacity.REGISTER HERE
See you there, folks.